MADISON (WKOW) -- The lecture hall was packed Friday night when John Dean, former counsel to President Richard Nixon, gave a lecture on ethics to UW law students.
The talk, titled "Crossing the Line: Watergate, the Criminal Law and Ethics", drew from Dean's own involvement in the Watergate Scandal under Nixon's presidency. Though Dean was not involved directly in the break-in, he was charged with assisting in the cover-up. According to the Washington Post, Dean served four months in prison for his involvement.
"Where were the legal ethics back in that day and where are they today? This is just a small slice of a very large story," said Dean.
Dean's lecture served to warn students how easy it is to slip into illegal or unethical activity for professional lawyers.
The event was hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.
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